Newcomers -- this has not been easy but if I can do it, anyone can! I am THE or!iginal couch potato
As an academic I have had my fair share of graduations but I can assure you that this degree course has been the most challenging ever. I still can't believe that I can run for 30 minutes non-stop. And I now enjoy it too, absolutely incredible.
When I was at school I would hide behind the biggest oak tree with the other bad girls while the good sporty girls (with the high pony tails -- I had scruffy plaits that wouldn't stay put) ran four times round the grounds. I hated PE and never ever got into it although I went to one of those schools that pushed you as much at sport as in academic subjects. It must have been also due to the showers, naked in front of all my peers who already had perfect bodies? No way. And so off I went through life with my backside firmly on the couch.
The only time I ventured into sports was after a bad car accident in 1983. I had a sort of coil inserted into my leg to replace my rotula (knee cap) which was reduced to a pulp and as I had a double meniscotomy towit I needed to exercise. So for about a year I did aerobics and a bit of tennis but I soon got fed up. I remember my experience of skiing in the Dolomites and always being scared that my knee would give in. I had three kids, and knee pain then because of the extra weight gain, but no real health problems. I was on the plump side but not exactly overweight . And then, about 4 years ago my knee problems came back with a vengeance. My legs started swelling up for no particular reason, I started to limp and x-rays showed that the titanium coil had become a series of splints positioned all over the lower half of my left leg! Surgery was out of the question as a I was deemed too young and active for a knee replacement which would probably shorten my left leg. Surgeon claimed there was a risk of worsening the situation. I was told to keep my weight down, exercise and use ice when needed. And yet still I did no exercise. (Told you I was a bad girl!)
I decided to do C25K in a moment of folly. Or rather in a moment of depression at how an attractive young woman (me) suddenly becomes invisible. I suddenly went from unwanted attention from men, to total transparency! Don't get me wrong, I'm happily married but suddenly found myself feeling old. Which I suppose I am. I'm 59, hardly a spring chicken and no way was I going to do that mutton dressed as lamb stuff. I always said I would age ungracefully but now I'm there I've changed my mind. Pork dressed like pork scratchings is not for me So I came across this program.
This last summer has been hell (sorry for the "me, me, me" guys!) as my mum and dad, who I brought over to Italy 15 years ago are at varying stages of dementia and guess who looks after them? Hubby took youngest (Clarissa, 12) to our house by the sea in the south and Becky and Jessie were galavanting across Europe, so I thought that I would run for me, just to keep me sane.
You can read the rest through my blogs, the ups and the downs, but mostly ups!
I have lost weight, dropped a dress size and my body is a really nice shape now. I feel great! I run easily and well (see next blog about my treadmill adventure in Harrod's) and the sky is now the limit.
Thank you all, this is a brilliant, supportive community. No way could I have done this on my own. Thank you and good luck to all the newbies and in-betweeners! Good luck and thank you again, Delia xox